HOUSTON (AP) — Texas has filed a lawsuit to force the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to decide whether an impounded shipment of a drug used for executions should be delivered to the state.READ MORE: Damage, Flooding Seen Throughout North Texas During Sunday Storms
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says the FDA is either incompetent or willfully obstructing the shipment of sodium thiopental that the Texas Department of Criminal Justice purchased from an unidentified foreign drug supplier.
The shipment was detained in July 2015 at Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport.READ MORE: 18-Year-Old Arrested In Connection To Murder Of Child Found In Dallas Street
The federal lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Galveston. It says the shipment of the sedative was lawful.
Paxton says the FDA has a legal obligation to make a decision within a “reasonable” timeframe. The Republican argues that 17 months isn’t reasonable.
The FDA said Tuesday it doesn’t comment on pending litigation.MORE NEWS: Storms In North Texas Spark Tornado Warnings Sunday Afternoon
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